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Liberals and conservatives alike are agreeing that Stephen
Colbert should be fired by CBS, but not necessarily for the same
While some outraged viewers are calling for Colbert’s termination
over a comment about President Donald Trump and Russian President
Vladimir Putin that they view as homophobic, conservatives appear
to simply want him gone for his politics and frequent, sharp
criticism of Trump.
Colbert made the controversial insult during Monday’s
passionate “Late Show” monologue, which went viral online. In it,
he stood up for CBS News colleague John Dickerson, whose
interview with Trump was cut short by the president, who was
being repeatedly questioned about his wiretap allegations against
former President Barack Obama.
“Sir, you attract more skinheads than free Rogaine,”
Colbert said during the rant. “You have more people marching
against you than cancer. You talk like a sign-language gorilla
that got hit in the head. In fact, the only thing your mouth is
good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c–k holster.”
The last, sexually charged barb seems to be the one for
which Colbert is taking the heat.
A barrage of tweets calling for Colbert’s firing from the
late-night show went out in response to the comments, many using
the hashtag “#FireColbert.”
The fact that Colbert can make homophobic statements shows his privilege & systematic oppression of minority groups.#FireColbert
— Scott Presler (@ScottPresler) May 3, 2017
— Don Haley (@don_haley) May 3, 2017
— Jacqueline D’aubigne (@JackieDaubigne) May 3, 2017
So, Colbert is saying homophobic things again? Disappointing that CBS supports and empowers this. #firecolbert
— Michael Oxley (@Truthchampion16) May 2, 2017
While many are calling for Colbert’s termination out of outrage
over one joke being seen as homophobic, it’s difficult to discern
whether they’re written by people concerned with LGBTQ
rights or Trump supporters who are more concerned about
partisan politics — many of whom claim to have never even watched
#FireColbert has shown me that US conservatives only care about free speech and LGBTQ rights when it’s convenient for them. Not how it works
— Tom Sawyer (@circlepity) May 3, 2017
It’s just locker room talk.
Colbert just has an unconventional style.
Don’t take him literally.
Trump and CBS
— Elaine Gaetano (@rosalita2740) May 3, 2017
— Hispanics for Trump (@HispanicsTrump) May 3, 2017
The people requesting CBS #FireColbert don’t strike me as the type to march down Broadway carrying signs that say “End homophobic remarks”
— Steve Redmond (@sjredmond) May 3, 2017
— Fred Koerber (@KoerberFred) May 2, 2017
Colbert hasn’t tweeted since Monday. Representatives for Colbert
and the “Late Show” didn’t immediately respond to Business
Insider’s request for comment.
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